Can material innovations make production and consumption more sustainable?

Aalto University and the University of Helsinki


Ioncell is a technology developed to make textile production and consumption more sustainable with the help of bio-based cellulose. The technology turns recycled material such as used textiles, pulp or even old newspapers into new textile fibres. These fibres are then spun into yarns, knitted or woven into fabrics, and made into garments, home textiles and other products. The Ioncell fibre is recyclable and biodegradable.

The Ioncell technology has been developed over many years by a team consisting of both students and researchers in the fields of biomaterials processing, chemistry, engineering, and textile and fashion design. The technology is still at a research stage, but prototypes of products such as dresses, scarfs and children’s clothing have been manufactured successfully.